UNFPA – United Nations Population Fund : Fixed Term Jobs Available (2024)

HIV Technical Advisor is Required

UNFPA is the United Nations sexual and reproductive health agency. UNFPA mission is to deliver a world where every pregnancy is wanted, every childbirth is safe and every young person’s potential is fulfilled.
UNFPA promotes gender equality and empower women, girls and young people to take control of their bodies and their futures. We work with partners in more than 150 countries to provide access to a wide range of sexual and reproductive health services.

UNFPA goal is ending unmet need for family planning, preventable maternal death, and gender-based violence and harmful practices including child marriage and female genital mutilation by 2030.

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The agency began operating in 1969 as the United Nations Fund for Population Activities, the same year the United Nations General Assembly declared “parents have the exclusive right to determine freely and responsibly the number and spacing of their children.” While its name was changed to the United Nations Population Fund in 1987, the original acronym remains. 
The goal of UNFPA is to ensure sexual and reproductive rights and choices for all, especially women and young people, so that they can access high-quality sexual and reproductive health services, including voluntary family planning, maternal health care and comprehensive sexuality education

The Position:

The Technical Adviser provides strategic technical, policy, and programmatic leadership for the region in the area of expertise to ensure that the RO, and COs remain abreast of the Fund’s policy and programme policies as well as current thinking and academic advance in HIV prevention affecting the ICPD Programme of Action.

S/He maintains primary responsibility for coordination of provision of technical assistance and policy and programme support to the countries of the region in the area of HIV prevention and HIV/SRHR integration. 

S/he analyses continental trends more generally and East and Southern Africa regional trends more specifically and contributes to strategic action in response to these, contributing to the monitoring of UNFPA substantive areas being firmly placed within national development frameworks and programmes, including the achievement of the SDGs and the definition of the ICPD 30 development agenda. 

Job Purpose:

Under the overall leadership of the ESARO Regional Director and the direct supervision of the Deputy Director, the Technical Adviser works within an interdisciplinary team providing integrated programme and technical support to the region.  S/he also liaises with other units at the HQ level, such as the Programme and Technical Divisions and the UNFPA Technical Network, ensuring the timeliness, adequacy, relevance, and quality of technical support to UNFPA operations. 

The primary roles of the Technical Adviser are:

A. Strategic technical, policy and programme development, monitoring and oversight,
B. Quality control of the technical support and capacity development 
C. Evidence and knowledge development and dissemination
D. Management and coordination of knowledge networks
E. Technical representation

Qualifications and Experience Required: 


Advanced University Degree in Public health, medicine, sociology, HIV prevention work, demography, gender, economics, international relations, international development, public administration, management, or other field directly related to the substantive areas of the role.

Knowledge and Experience: 

  • Minimum 10 years of increasingly responsible professional experience in HIV prevention work and related substantive areas, of which at least seven years are at the international level;
  • Demonstrated expertise in the substantive area of work; and programme experience;
  • Strong track record of technical leadership, and proven ability to produce demonstrable results;
  • Demonstrated ability to network within the academic and development community;
  • Familiarity with management and monitoring tools is desirable;
  • Familiarity with ICT/ERP is an asset;
  • Field experience is strongly desirable.  


Strong written and spoken skills in English; French and/or Portuguese desirable.

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